“Patience and perseverance,” John Quincy Adams said, “have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
Patience and perseverance have been the core of my tenure representing the 2nd Barnstable District, covering 10 of the 13 precincts in the town of Barnstable and two precincts in the town of Yarmouth. I’m now seeking re-election to the Massachusetts House.
I’ve worked hard for the best interests of the district in winning approval for key programs related to the homeless, coastal restoration, the performing arts, the Barnstable Applied Climate/Resiliency Center, and others.
I’ve also worked hard on a permanent funding source for opioid prevention education. As a freshman legislator, I was appointed to the Civics Education Bill Conference Committee.
I consistently have supported caring initiatives for families and children, and have worked closely, in bipartisan ways, with my colleagues in the Legislature, obtaining approval for municipal police training, women’s rights, improved care for seniors, increased benefit access for veterans and their families, and many other priorities.
I’ve been a full-time legislator, dedicating all my time to the district. I have a perfect roll call record during my tenure, participating in 521 roll call votes in 2017 and 2018 - a better voting record than 80 percent of the House of Representatives members.
I also staunchly opposed a legislative pay raise, saying it was wholly unmerited. When the pay raise regrettably was ultimately approved, I donated the excess pay to my legislative aide as a transportation stipend and to 37 charities, including Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Gosnold of Cape Cod, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the Centerville Library, Cape Cod Veterans Inc., Hero’s in Transition, the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, among others.
I hope I’ve served the district well. I ran in 2016 on being a hometown boy, a Barnstable native who wanted to be an open line to Beacon Hill. And, I believe, I have been. Many constituents are often surprised when they call my cell phone on weekends, and I answer at my desk. But they shouldn’t be; you sent me to Beacon Hill to be your voice. And when I vote, I speak your voice.
The voice of Barnstable and Yarmouth.
I don’t vote party lines. Party affiliation, while important, is not what drives me; serving you and the villages of my district drives me. My job is to put our community first and serve all constituents in Barnstable and Yarmouth.
As noted above, I’ve worked in bipartisan ways to get the job done, but I’ve never once wavered in my principles. We have significant problems and challenges on the Cape and throughout the commonwealth, and I’m working hand-in-hand with others to solve them. I’m on Beacon Hill to work, not to talk; to make common-sense laws, not commonplace headlines.
I sought this job because this is the assignment I seek. Because I know how important it is when the job is done correctly, and how crippling it is to a community when the job is done wrong, cluttered with the politics of the day.
The 2nd Barnstable District is not a stepping-stone for me; it is my vision. The voters have given me this opportunity, one I’m incredibly thankful for. I’m on the path to completing the task; it takes patience and perseverance. I ask the voters of Barnstable and Yarmouth to support me in staying the course. I ask for your vote for re-election on Nov. 6!
Will Crocker, R-Centerville, represents the 2nd Barnstable District in the Massachusetts House.